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All District campuses and facilities will be closed for Thanksgiving break November 20 - 24.
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Jason Learning ARGONAUT Adventure 2018 Application Now OpenJason Learning ARGONAUT Adventure 2018 Application Now Open2017-11-17T14:51:14Z<div class="ExternalClass39D307618588478E8552EDD42BE1AFCE"><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font><p>Do you love science and are you interested in working with researchers as they gather data in the field? The Jason Learning Argonaut Adventure might be a good fit for you. One Katy ISD student (age 13-17 on June 1st, 2018) and one Katy ISD secondary teacher will be selected to participate in an all-expense paid Argonaut Adventure this summer. View the <a href="https://tinyurl.com/Argonaut2018">application and FAQs </a>for more information.   Application deadline is Jan. 15th, 2018.</p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font></div>
Katy Elementary Receives Historical Marker as First Schoolhouse in Katy, TXKaty Elementary Receives Historical Marker as First Schoolhouse in Katy, TX2017-11-13T21:32:20Z<div class="ExternalClassF3F900A3172B4A289A7F45B61E12F4F4"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">As residents drive by Katy Elementary, a bright blue historical marker now sits on the campus at the same spot where the first City of Katy schoolhouse was built 119 years ago.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">On Friday, November 10, the Harris County Historical Society honored the founding fathers by granting a historical marker to the city's first public school.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">A one-room schoolhouse was built in 1898 where children could learn, grow and develop.  Little did the visionaries know that their small town would blossom into a thriving community of more than 17,000 people.  The current Katy Elementary campus was built in 1965, renovated in 1989, and again in 1995.  Today, students play on the same location as the original playground and the first schoolhouse bell hangs in the main entrance of the current campus.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Today's paw prints are tomorrow's legacy," said Superintendent Lance Hindt during the ceremony where past generations of students and staff members were present.  Among those in the crowd was 92-year-old Melvin Jordan who recalls riding on horseback with his brothers to and from school as a first grader.  Currently, there are 11 students attending Katy Elementary who are 5<sup>th</sup> and 6<sup>th</sup> generation members of the original class of Katy Tigers!</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/Katy-ISD-113148448705253/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1637174009636015">Pictures of Katy Elementary Historical Event</a> </p></div>
Voters Approve Katy ISD $609.2 MM ReferendumVoters Approve Katy ISD $609.2 MM Referendum2017-11-08T17:00:35Z<div class="ExternalClassAC729317CC50426DB3BDEC71E3C3AF37"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">On Tuesday night, voters approved the Katy Independent School District's 2017 bond which will provide relief to campuses managing a rapidly growing student population, along with renovations and improvements for 61 campuses.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">According to unofficial results, the $609.2 MM bond passed by an approximate 65% voter approval.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Katy ISD is the second fastest growing school district in the state of Texas," said Superintendent Lance Hindt. "Families continue to move to Katy because of the quality learning opportunities our teachers and staff provide to each and every student.  This bond will help to ensure that our community's expectations for high educational standards and schools are maintained now, and well into the future."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The District's 2017 bond comes with a zero tax rate increase and is designed to address fast growth and aging facilities. It includes six new schools, one comprehensive renovation, along with repairs and upgrades to 61 campuses.  Bond funds will also provide many campuses with safety and security improvements, and school expansions at Raines High School and Katy High School's Career and Technical Education program (CTE). Technology and infrastructure upgrades are also included for all Katy ISD schools, as well as replacement of aging buses and portables, and fuel storage tanks.  Ninety-one percent (91%) of bond funds will directly impact campuses and student learning.</p></div>
Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 15th Annual Food for Families CampaignKaty ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 15th Annual Food for Families Campaign2017-11-07T15:33:31Z<div class="ExternalClass0214FBDF40A24DF39DC949870D0B1E5A"><p>​The<strong> </strong>Katy ISD Partners in Education's 15<sup>th</sup> Annual Food for Families has launched and the community is invited to support Katy ISD families in need this holiday season. <a href="/dept/pie/Pages/FoodForFamilies.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>Food for Families</strong></a> is an annual campaign that since 2003 has helped thousands of Katy ISD students and their families with grocery gift cards. Every Katy ISD campus identifies students in need of assistance, and the gift cards are given to those students before winter break. This long-standing program has helped thousands of families and Katy ISD Partners in Education hopes to this year touch even more.</p><p>Donations of any amount are welcomed and appreciated. The deadline to donate is <strong>December 7. </strong>To make a contribution online please <a href="https://www.pledgecents.com/cause/ywdgdd/katy-isd-food-for-families" target="_blank">click here</a>. To donate via check, please remit to "Katy ISD Food for Families" and mail to Partners in Education: Katy ISD ESC, 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy 77494.  </p><p>Food for Families, a Katy ISD Partners in Education yearly initiative, unites our Katy ISD staff and community in holiday support for select students and their families.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the "Community" tab at <a href="/Lists/latestnews/www.katyisd.org" target="_blank">www.katyisd.org</a> or contact Tammy Stringer, 281-396-2645, <a href="mailto:tammyrstringer@katyisd.org" target="_blank">tammyrstringer@katyisd.org</a>.</p></div>
Board of Trustee George Scott is Reelected to the TASB Board of DirectorsBoard of Trustee George Scott is Reelected to the TASB Board of Directors2017-11-06T21:21:16Z<div class="ExternalClass717BF94AEE19449AB09E19D0BC93A342"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD Board of Trustee George Scott has been reelected to a two-year term on the Texas Association of School Boards (TA</span><span style="text-align:justify;">SB) Board of Directors, representing Region 4, Position E.</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Scott was elected to the Katy ISD Board of Trustees in May 2016.  He was the publisher of <em>The Katy Times</em> newspaper from 1983-86 before becoming a senior researcher and then president of the Tax Research Association of Houston and Harris County.  Scott also served on the executive committee of the Harris County Appraisal District, where he performed both internal and external media functions, as well as special projects.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During his tenure in local media, Scott worked directly with hundreds of civic and service organizations and individuals to help publicize their positive work for the community, and he volunteered in various activities including the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, youth sports leagues, among other activities.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards.  School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state.  The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million students.​</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/PublishingImages/Lists/latestnews/AllItems/George%20Scott.jpg" alt="George Scott.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br></p></div>
Katy ISD Sweeps List of Top 15 Elementary Schools in Houston AreaKaty ISD Sweeps List of Top 15 Elementary Schools in Houston Area2017-10-27T17:09:12Z<div class="ExternalClassF9C90334951D46ADB60E2C7102B79B42"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">It's no secret that families are moving to Katy ISD because of the quality education being offered at its schools.  Once again Katy ISD dominates in the Niche rankings by sweeping the list of Top 15 Elementary Schools in the Houston area.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Niche, an educational data analysis site, compiles data from the Department of Education as well as student and teacher surveys to determine the list of top schools.  The following Katy ISD elementary schools made the list:</p><ol><li>Fred & Patti Shafer Elementary</li><li>Bonnie Holland Elementary</li><li>Woodcreek Elementary</li><li>Tom Wilson Elementary</li><li>Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary</li><li>Joella Exley Elementary</li><li>Nottingham Country Elementary</li><li>Stanley C. Stanley Elementary</li><li>Roosevelt Alexander Elementary</li><li>  Sue Creech Elementary</li><li>Michael L. Griffin Elementary</li><li>Jeanette Hayes Elementary</li><li>Katy Elementary</li><li>Roberta Wright Rylander Elementary</li><li>Hazel S. Pattison Elementary</li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD has a total of 40 elementary schools.</p></div>
Katy ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented StudentsKaty ISD Announces Screening Deadline for Gifted and Talented Students2017-11-01T13:40:11Z<div class="ExternalClassB10455EB15BD4E85AE89C715C5E2FD21"><p><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning in November, Katy ISD students in grades 1-4 and 6-11 can be referred for screening for the 2018-2019 gifted and talented program.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Parents must complete a Parent Checklist which can be obtained from the student's school or from the </span><a href="/dept/GT/Documents/Parent%20Check%20List%20Elementary%20-%20English.pdf" style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD website</a><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The deadline for completing and returning the Parent Checklist is <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>December 6, 2017</strong></span>.  Checklists which are not returned by the deadline will not be screened for service for the 2018-2019 school year.  The State of Texas requires that various types of measures be used to identify students for gifted programs which includes observations and standardized tests.  The program for elementary students consists of a one-day pullout in the Challenge classroom with a teacher trained in gifted education.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Transfer students who were screened in Fall 2017 must wait one full academic year before they can be rescreened. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Parents may contact campus counselors, elementary Challenge teachers, or G/T facilitators if they have additional questions.  They can visit the <a href="/dept/GT/Pages/GTServices.aspx">Katy ISD GT and Advanced Academics webpage</a> for more information. ​</p></div>
Katy ISD Choir and Orchestra Groups Recognized as National Winners in Mark of Excellence AwardsKaty ISD Choir and Orchestra Groups Recognized as National Winners in Mark of Excellence Awards2017-10-23T16:21:24Z<div class="ExternalClass92A75AA043F44CD0816F7DB2AF00CAAD"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Katy ISD has six winners in the Foundation for Music Education </span><em style="text-align:justify;">Mark of Excellence Competition</em><span style="text-align:justify;">.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">This national event brings together 278 ensembles from 38 different states.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The following choir and orchestra groups were recognized as national winners:</span></p><ul><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes High School Symphony Orchestra,</span> directed by Desiree Overree, National Orchestra Honors project.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes High School Sinfonia Orchestra,</span> directed by Desiree Overree, National Orchestra Honors project.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Taylor High School Chamber Orchestra</span>, directed by Clinton Capshaw, National Orchestra Honors project.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Beckendorff Junior High Honor Orchestra</span>, directed by Karel Butz, National Orchestra Honors project.</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes Junior High Honors Orchestra,</span> directed by Ragan Whatley, Commended Winner in the National Orchestra Honors projec</li><li><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Seven Lakes Junior High Varsity Treble Choir,</span> directed by Kristin Likos, National Choral Honors project.</li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;">"The Mark of Excellence Award is one of the few nationally recognized competitions that represents band, orchestra and choir at the secondary level," said Michael Ouellette, Executive Director of Fine Arts.  "The six performing groups from Katy ISD receiving this award are a representation of a district that values a high standard of arts education for all students."</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/i03qdt9zxle72vo/AADe_JYUgRGZWL1bn5cAYBUUa?dl=0">Click here for photos​</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p></div>

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